​Brush-up for Bentley’s battery bruiser

James Batchelor

8.1.2021

​The new Hybrid, on sale this summer, follows on from the launch of the facelifted petrol models in June 2020, and features a raft of exterior and interior changes.

Among the changes are a more upright grille, sleeker headlights and new elliptical rear lights that mirror those on the two-door Continental GT. Meanwhile, the interior gets new wood and metal veneers and a very welcome tech overhaul. A new 10.9-inch infotainment screen with crisper graphics features, as does standard-fit wireless Apple CarPlay, while rear seat passengers get a larger touchscreen remote control tablet.  

Big, fast, efficient. But costly too

That’s the good news. The slightly disappointing news is that the plug-in hybrid set-up hasn't been tweaked, though. There's still the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine up front, assisted by a 126bhp electric motor wedged between the engine and the gearbox, and a 17.3kWh battery hidden under the boot floor. Total power is 443bhp and the pure-electric range of 24 miles (claimed) remains. 

Bentley has improved its My Bentley connected services, however. All cars now get an in-built sim for the in-car services, and the My Bentley smartphone app now includes hybrid-specific functions such as the ability to remotely charge and set the climate control.

Bentayga Hybrid owners do also get a free wallbox charger, but Bentley is at pains to remind owners they actually have to get it fitted themselves...

The Hybrid is one of two plug-ins to arrive this year as Bentley marches towards its 2026 target of offering all electrified models in its range (https://www.electrifying.com/blog/article/bentley-plots-path-away-from-petrol).


Watch Tom's video review of the previous Bentyaga Hybrid here

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